New Jersey farmer Jeff Tober talks farming for ecological and neighborhood well being, pasture-raised pigs, farm planning and extra with host Lisa Munniksma on this episode of Pastime Farms Presents: Rising Good.
Hear about how a potato rising in a compost pile within the Philadelphia suburbs sparked a curiosity in Jeff as a teenager that put him on a winding path to farming and finally to the Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s Rancocas Creek Farm. Study concerning the Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s work to protect the 1.1-million-acre, ecologically necessary Pinelands Nationwide Reserve, together with how they got here into the 72 acres that’s now their Rancocas Creek Farm.
Jeff talks about growing this farm from basically a clean slate right into a thriving pure area in a manner that’s chemical-free, includes various communities, restores soil well being, mitigates stormwater movement, helps pollinators and wildlife, is economically sustainable, and brings in constituents new to PPA. Study getting federal Pure Assets Conservation Service and New Jersey’s State Agriculture Improvement Committee funds to your farm initiatives and different concepts to “chase each greenback,” as farmers typically must do.
Have your pastured-pig curiosity piqued and take into account the methods they will match into farm ecosystems. Dive deeper into farm planning, from commentary to implementation. Get a fantastic concept for participating the neighborhood and getting extra natural materials to your farm with Rancocas Creek Farm’s Challenge Pizza Field. Hear additionally concerning the New Jersey Agricultural Society, the Farmers Towards Starvation program (and the right way to get your farm concerned), and the function of County Agricultural Improvement Boards in New Jersey.